The cast and their roles in the upcoming Marvel Studios production Ant-Man were confirmed at Comic-Con International: San Diego over the weekend, and the surprise to me was the character Evangeline Lilly will be playing: Hope Pym, the daughter of scientist Hank Pym.
We’ve known for a long time that Paul Rudd will be playing the titular hero, and his civilian identity will be Scott Lang, the petty criminal who steals a size-changing suit from the brilliant inventor Dr. Henry Pym, to be played by Michael Douglas. Corey Stoll – currently visible as the hero on FX in Guillermo Del Toro’s THE STRAIN – will play the villainous Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket.
Those familiar with the comics will recognize Yellowjacket as one of the many superhero codenames employed by Dr. Pym throughout his long (and checkered) career as an Avenger. It remains to be seen if the movie version of Dr. Pym is a retired hero or just a lab rat. Also notable: Dr. Pym created Ultron in the comics, but in Joss Whedon’s upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, the mad robot is created by Tony Stark.
Lilly addressed the issue on everybody’s mind: the abrupt departure of director Edgar Wright, who had nurtured Ant-Man for eight years:
[Wright] had been the guy to really rope us in. And his vision and his excitement and his passion and his ability as a filmmaker was part of the appeal, originally. He really constructed the foundation and the backbone of what we are going to work from, and we just want to do right by him and make him proud.
New director Peyton Reed has taken the reins and is ready to start production two weeks from now, according to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige.